Red 2 Reviews
The on-slaught continues from the first movie and the group are plagued assassins, terrorists and government officials.
Wits, skills and each other to rely upon to stop the terrorists. Malkovich, Parker and Mirren along with Hopkins and Zeta-Jones make this movie old school but fun to watch. Comedy with action in built.
This time the movie throws in Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones (yes they seem to have been casting in Wales) and both are really kind of not used well but at the same time do at least bring personality. It's not that either does not bring skill to the cast, particularly Hopkins as Dr Bailey who does actually play the role very nicely but both are used to create incredibly basic characters and I wish this plot and its characters could have been more new and fresh. In comes a few people we saw from the first film and they do help the plot a little but overall nothing can be done to stop this being pretty dumb really, even the decent action is edited in an awful way which for me is one of the biggest mistakes of this movie.
Dean Parisot was not the right choice for this movie as director; from a film perspective he has made comedies before but his work is not a good effort for this. See getting a director for this kind of movie you would think the reasonable choice would be someone with a good background in comedy and action or possibly both but you get neither here, by no means does Parisot ruin this, but he doesn't do a great deal right. The two Hoeber's who wrote the first film write again and yet again it feels like a script that could look good on paper but comes out poorly on the screen, yet again like with Parisot they don't destroy the film, just make it below-par stuff.
Listen I'm not going to tell you to completely not watch this, with the first instalment I felt it was a film that a lot of people could enjoy but with this although I felt it wasn't as good, it still is far from terrible. I have to admit parts of this are not all bad and some bits if you take away what's going on in the story can be exciting, overall though just not a solid enough effort. Oh yes and one other thing that really for me didn't work was not only the bad guys in this, but also the way in which this movie seems to play serious a second after being silly, it just means that when an actual decent bit of serious acting comes in, a very basic joke either precedes or succeeds it and it just doesn't feel right. All in all a comedy-action that never quite even reaches the average heights of it's predecessor, try as it may it still just feels stupid and the cast is wasted on yet another pointless adventure.
Better, beefier, and more exciting action pieces. Mary Louise Parker's Sarah bigger role in the action department is much appreciated. The new and supporting characters are amazing throughout the movie, while the old cast (especially Hellen Mirren's Victoria) continues to shine and kicks more ass in an extravagant way. John Malkovich's Marvin is a scene stealer with his hillarious yet philosophical quips. Anthony Hopkins and Neal McDonough are much MUCH better antagonists than the ones in the prequel.
Muddled and confusing plot that's hard to digest at times, unfortunately with predictable outcomes that one would see coming immediately. The continuous bickering between Frank and Sarah gets tired real quick, and feels nagging than cute. Despite her being a part of the mission, Sarah ends up as damsel in distress once more. Many times, Bruce Willis is eclipsed and outshone by fellow cast members eventhough he's supposed to be the lead character.
3 Beards Of Of 5